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Colts Playoff Chances Unaffected by Julio Jones Trade

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 7, 2021, 3:38 PM EDT
T.Y. Hilton and the Colts are still favorites in the AFC South.
T.Y. Hilton and the Colts are still favorites in the AFC South. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans traded for All-Pro receiver Julio Jones yesterday, and now they have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. With Julio, A.J. Brown, and the back-to-back NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry, Tennessee is a force to be reckoned with.

But in the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmakers, it doesn't mean a whole lot to their divisional opponents.

WynnBET still projects the Indianapolis Colts to go to the playoffs this season, setting their odds at -220 to make the playoffs and +160 to miss the playoffs. These odds didn't shift when the Titans' trade for Julio Jones was announced. WynnBET also has the Colts’ win total set at 10.0 wins, favoring the over (-115) against the under (-105).

Since Andrew Luck shocked the world when he retired in 2019, the Colts used Jacoby Brissett and Phillip Rivers as their bridge quarterbacks to hold them over until they found their signal caller of the future. The Colts now hope Carson Wentz fits that mold. 

Indianapolis traded for Wentz after the worst year of his career, banking on the fact their head coach, Frank Reich, served as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia in 2017. That season was Wentz' best of his career, before suffering an ACL injury in Week 14.

The Colts have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and running back Jonathan Taylor showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie season. Taylor ran for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2020. With Taylor, a strong offensive line, and a defense that had 23 takeaways last year, the Colts are sure to be in a good position to succeed in their 2021 campaign.